Like most of Europe, we had a very wet, cool spring and early summer. The water table was replenished and plenty of terrace walls fell down (some onto the road to Pinhão). Flowering was delayed and we had to keep on top of any possible attacks of mildew. A wet start of the year was followed by a hot, dry summer. There was little wind, unusual for us as normally the wind gets up in the afternoons. No thunderstorms and no rain until 12/13thSeptember. The vineyard held up surprisingly well helped by the rain in the spring. Only the younger vines with less well developed root systems suffered more.
The cooler, wetter spring meant that everything was delayed by at least two weeks so that we only started picking in earnest on Wednesday 21stSeptember with the Touriga Nacional from Vinha Grande. Warm days (25C) but cool nights made ideal vintaging conditions. Jorge had to be careful where to pick as there was some uneven ripening in the vineyard. Being small and focused we were able to pick section by section. As there was plenty of colour and structure from the grapes, we were careful not to extract too much. We finally finished picking Monday 10thOctober (relatively late) and were lucky as we had uninterrupted sun throughout and no rain.